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Andrea Taylor
· December 31, 2017
The staff at The Jolly Oyster are fantastic, the music is great and the food is even better. This is where my husband and I get away to be close to the ocean and enjoy the freshiest Oysters we ever ha...d. We eat them raw and grilled. Took home 5 dozen so we can start the New Year with a bang. See More
Diana Tabata
· October 14, 2017
We absolutely love it we come here every year. Specially October is the best weather to be out side all day like picnic time. Good place for family and friends gathering.
Robert Guizar
· September 3, 2017
All this time living in the area and I had never been there. It was fun as heck and the water is close by, love the Oysters and clams being readily available. Great company made it a special day!
Joel Yerton
· September 18, 2017
This place rocks! What a wonderful little gem hiding at the beach in Ventura! Oysters were fresh and delicious and served with a smile!
Braulio Mejia
· June 20, 2017
Great stuff. Have lived all my life in Ventura county and I was not aware of this hidden gem!! Highly recommend it.
Armando Banales
· September 11, 2017
The oysters were very strong they had me up all night my girl friend was very happy camper
Tyler Sara Placencio
· August 6, 2017
Love the food and the atmosphere ... a great place to spend the day !
Krysia Rozanska
· January 2, 2018
We've never had oysters cooked like this - delicious!
Yolanda Fitzpatrick
· October 26, 2016
Best kept secret in Ventura. At the time I visited, I didn't like Oysters. I was only going for my husband. Until the owners assured me, I had never had fresh. They were kind & taught me a few new thi...ngs. And they were correct! I definitely hadn't had fresh Oysters, as there's were absolutely yummy. BYOB or wine, because u will want to stay awhile to take a stroll along the beach afterwards. Animal friendly, kid friendly, people friendly, as it is an outside, portable type, setup establishment. Loved it here. See More
Tracy Wirth
· August 28, 2017
What a Great way to spend the day. Great Sea food, Grest friends. Great Atmosphere 🌊☀️
Andre Smith
· April 5, 2016
Stopped by while passing through on vacation. Went super early and was rewarded. Jackie not only gave me a run down on how the oysters are produced, but she went the extra mile and even showed me how ...to properly shuck. Thank you for the amazing experience. See More
Julie Granzin
· May 1, 2015
This is at least my fifth visit over the past 3 Years and I have not been disappointed yet. The last 2 visits I got THE BEST oysters I have ever eaten in my life and I am 53 and live in Louisiana!!!... They were delicious every other time but I got the smaller ones and prefer large "champagne" oysters. I have to say the flavor of these particular oysters raw, cooked on coals or in a stew just has never been matched for me!! Thanks Jolly Oyster!!! See More
Carl Guernsey
· May 31, 2015
Next time I will be prepared with a bottle of wine of some beer. The Cajun oysters were delicious: juicy, plump, and seasoned to perfection. A half dozen made a surprizingly filling meal. It was bi...t bit cool and cludy for dining al fresco, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! See More
Raul Rubalcava
· April 6, 2015
This place has the best oysters in planet earth!!! We go to the Ventura location, we take beers and order enormous amounts of oysters! The creole or habanero oysters are our favorites!
Alicia Marie
· October 25, 2015
The kumamoto oysters were super amazing. They tasted like the ocean in the best way possible. We really enjoyed the two sauces as well. They really complimented the oysters well.
Wendy Lawson-Leach
· March 27, 2017
Great location and the food can not get any fresher. I shucked 3 dozen and could have gone longer
Betty Pajka
· May 7, 2016
Great place to gather with family and friends, you can bring your own food basket, or enjoy the deliciously prepared oysters.
Zach Sandoval
· June 29, 2014
This place had the worst service. We were told 20 minutes for our food and we ended up waiting an hour and a half plus they didn't give is our full order at once. I would tell people to stay away from... this place! See More
Victoria Rivera
· September 28, 2016
Such a great placet I enjoy fresh oysters and clams! No other oyster bar can create such a setting as being at the beach. So relaxing too!
Ivy Bojorquez
· May 5, 2015
I need more stars.... simply supreme... we had some of your oysters and wow!!!! We would make the drive just to have more and we are in LA...
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How are you planning to celebrate the New Year? We'll be open:

Ventura: 11am to 5pm Sat/Sun (Shuck Shack and MOJO).
Torrance Farmers' Market: 8am to 1pm, Sat.
Torrance Store: 11am to 7pm Sat, 11am to 6pm Sun.

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'Bring out the Joy in Life!'

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Sometimes our special memories come from the simple things in life. Our gift cards may be the perfect pressie and will be available at our all locations this weekend and next

Ventura Beach: Sat/Sun 11am to 5pm
Torrance Store: Sat 11am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 6pm
Torrance Farmers' Market: Sat 8am to 1pm...
Smorgasburg DTLA: Sun 10am to 4pm

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Our hearts and minds go out to everyone affected by the Thomas Fire. A heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone who has reached out concerned for our safety and wellbeing. So may have asked " How can I help?" We have chosen to donate all of our proceeds and donations collected from Smorgasburg LA tomorrow to the Thomas Fire Fund.

Local chapters of the United Way and Red Cross have teamed up with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services to create the Thomas Fire F...und. 100% of the donations received will support those affected by the Thomas Fire. Those who wish to support may also do so via phone by calling (805) 485-6288, or by texting UWVC to 41444. Checks may also be mailed to the United Way office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003, with "Thomas Fire Fund" written in the memo line, if you can't make it to Smorgasburg Los Angeles tomorrow.

Credit to @the_ojailady for the photo taken late this afternoon at Ventura River Preserve.

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Huge shout out to Ernest, Misty and Freddy at jwolfcatering for looking after displaced and first responders, 2271 N Ventura Av. Amazing food with grilled oysters until 8pm this evening 🤗

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Wishing the best to all those affected by the wildfires, which includes members of our own team. Let's hope that conditions return to normal before too long. Given the circumstances we will be closed at the beach in Ventura this weekend.

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Gotta love this time of year. Big thank you to Derek for sharing his festive spirit with us If you have any Jolly decorations that would warm our world please share them with us at contact@thejollyoyster.com. Ho ho...

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We will have extended hours at the beach in Ventura over Thanksgiving:

Shuck shack: wed, 11am to 5pm
Shuck shack and Kitchen; fri-sun, 11am to 5pm

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Torrance store will be open normal hours except for Thursday when it will close.

If you would like to pre-order uni trays or crab claws please leave a message on (805) 7984944 before Monday 6pm.

As we move in to the holiday season we also have new gift cards for you.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones

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Escape the madness!! The shuck shack in Ventura will open Fri-Sun 11am to 5pm after Thanksgiving (take to go and shuck your own). Our other truck, MOJO, with prepared foods Sat-Sun 11am to 5pm

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Love this pic of Mark checking out progress with the new system on the farm. The whole team are doing a great job in our effort to perfect our craft

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Enjoying a vey Jolly Labor Day weekend. We're open today and Monday 11am to 6pm

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Super happy that Westways magazine have added our little Jolly to their bucket list of fun things to do in Southern California. Amazing

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Ojai Saturday 8/19!
Lots to do & lots to see!
We will be at the Summertime Rolls event at Ojai Rancho Inn Thank you to Shelter Social Club for putting on this event!
Evening time: Enjoy the sunset with your favorite oyster & wine combo , at The Ojai Vineyard 6-9pm 🍷

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Tomorrow: August 18th
We'll have to sit out tomorrow's beach day 😕
The Jolly Oyster will not be at Ventura Beach Park, we will resume service as normal on Saturday & Sunday!
Lots happening in Ojai this Saturday, come enjoy an evening in the mountain scenery, have a jolly weekend!

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Here's one of 3 million Kumamoto larvae that's busy changing to become an adult oyster seed. Let's wish them the best as we reflect on national oyster day this Saturday Aug05

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OJAI TONIGHT!
Catch us there 6-8pm featuring live music 🎶

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